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Briefly Update on Route 1 sewer construction The Sussex County Engineering Department, Utility Construction Division, advises the public that Teal Construction Co. continues sanitary sewer construction along Route 1 and in the Red Mill area. Areas affected include Coventry Avenue, Red Mill Farms, and on the east side of the northbound lane of Route 1, north of Five Points. In addition, construction will be starting on pump station 233 on Sussex 265 by the railroad crossing, on pump station 228, and on Red Mill Drive and Pem- broke Road in Mill Pond Acres. For construction-related infor- mation, call Bill Siegmund at the county engineering field office, 644-4370. The construction trailer is located on Sussex 266B, Nassau Road, by the old Southern States store. For sewer rate information, call 855-7719. Milton council meets Oct. 5 The regular montialy meeting of Milton Town Council is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, in the sec- ond-floor meeting room of the li- brary. The agenda includes dis- cussion regarding a vacancy creat- ed by the resignation of former council member Dale "Woody" Magee and an update on town wa- ter and sewer projects. Bids were opened Sept. 30 for water lines that are to be replaced along Broad Street, and the long- term plans for water and sewer in incorporated areas will be ad- dressed. Robert Kerr, Cabe Asso- ciates engineering firm, will re- 'port on the bids and proposed wa- ter and sewer upgrades arid expan- sion. Newly established committees on tourism, economic revitaiiza- Clarifications A photo caption concerning the Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth's recent yard sale gave the incorrect number of home- bound residents served in the Cape Region. The organization serves 135 people. The event raised $2,500 and the next fundraiser is the annual golf tour- ney, slated for Monday, Oct. 5, at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Entries for the 1 p.m. shotgun start are still being taken at 645-7449 or 227-3616. The registration fee is $150 per person or $550 per foursome and the event includes dinner, auction and awards cere- mony. In the Sept. 25 edition of the Cape Gazette, it was incorrectly stated that the Cape Artists' show, "Colors of Autumn," in the New Devon Inn closes at 5 p.m., Satur- day, Oct. 3. Actually, the wine re- ception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and the gallerey is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p,m., Fridays and Sat- urdays. tion and historic preservation will report on their activities. The Committees were named at the recommendation of the compre- hensi/e plan that was approved earlier this year. State receives funds to fight Pflesteria Rep. Mike Castle announced this week that Delaware will re- ceive $60,000 from the Environ- mental Protection Agency io help research the toxic microbe known as Pfiesteria and other phyto- plankton, including the mahogany tide, caused by a microbe similar to Pfiesteria. This new funding is in addition to the $280.000 Delaware has already received this.year to research Pfie, steria. The grant will enhance Delaware's Pfiesteria monitoring program by enabling analysis for additional nutrients and phyto- plankton. The mahogany tide has been reported to have been re- sponsible for suffocating about 1,000 menhaden on the upper In- dian River last month. City offices closed Columbus Day in Lewes City offices will be closed Mon- day, Oct. 12, for the Columbus Day holiday. There will be no trash collection within the city on Oct. 12. Monday's collection will be moved to Tuesday, Oct. 13, 'and Tuesday's collection will he moved to Wednesday, Oct. 14. The next bulk trash collection will be Nov. 25. Crystal fiandraiser set for Lewes Yacht Club There will be a fundraiser for Harry "Hap" Crystal, who is run- ning for the 37th District represen- tative seat, from 5 to 7 p.m., Sun- day, Oct. 4, at Lewes Yacht Club. The fundraiser is being spon- sored by Rep. Terry Spence, R- Stratford, Capt. A. Judson Ben- nett, Capt. and Mrs. George Chambers Jr., Col. and Mrs. Thomas Byrne, George Chambers III, Charles Howard and Mr. and Mrs. David Stevenson. There will be a minimum dona- tion of $35. Beach Republican Club meets Oct. 5 The Beach Republican Club will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at All Saints' Episcopal Church Hall, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The speaker will be Sussex County Councilman George Cole, who is seeking re-election this fall. The public is invited to attend. Rehoboth neighborhood preservation gear up Everyone who lives in or owns residential property within the City of Rehoboth Beach should be receiving a newsletter, "Neighbor- hood News," and a letter from City Manager Greg Ferrese ex- plaining the upcoming canvassing of homes as the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission, in cooper- ation with the UD Institute for Public Administration (IPA) em- barks upon neighborhood preser- vation efforts. The newsletter ex- plains the goals of this project, which, in a nutshell, is to "protect historic or characteristic struc- tures; preserve small town charm; protect the character of existing neighborhoods; attract visitors and future residents who support the character of the city; and pro- vide guidelines for landscaping and tree preservation." IPA officials will be carrying out field-test data-collection tech- niques on Friday, Oct. 16, in an- ticipation of the citywide field-da- m collection, with the help of local volunteers, throughout the city be- tween Thursday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 15. IPA will then compile and analyze this data and report back to the city with its findings and recommendations on how to go about preserving the character of the neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to help collect the data and must be able to travel on foot and use measur- ing tape, as well as help set up re- freshments for those in the field. Anyone wishing to help out with the project should call Ferrese's office at 227-464 1. Rehoboth workshop may be shortest ever The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners held a 20-minute workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 29, one of the shortest such sessions on record. The topics of discussion re- volved around whether to pur- chase a slightly used sludge injec- tor and tractor-trailer from the Town of Selbyville, at $42,550 for the injector and $22,050 for the trailer, which would cost consid- erably more if purchased new. City Manager Greg. Ferrese noted that Selbyville no longer needed the equipment because they now have a private sludge hauler. The matter will be voted upon at the regular board meeting on Friday, Oct. 9. They also discussed whether to proceed with phase one of the Martin's Lawn storm drainage project using engineer Steve So-. lay or put the project out for a RFP (request for proposal) to other firms. Ferrese recommended they go with Solay, as it will take less time and because he already has a lot of information on the storm sewer work, while others would need to start from scratch. But Commissioner Richard Sargent noted that at least one other engi- neer, Ross Harris, "wants a crack" at city engineering work, "and I think we should give others the opportunity to put in a proposal." Sargent also noted that Harris's office is located within the city. "I can't see how you can't open it up," said Commissioner Don Der- rickson. With that, they instructed Ferrese to take the project to RFP. Center for Inland Bays seeks auction items The Center for the Inland Bays, a nonprofit organization and na- CEGAZETYE, October 2 . October 1998- 3 Kerry Kester photo North Shores house moves to new home East Coast Structural Movers took 5 1/2 hours to move a home from North Shores, through Rehoboth Beach, to a lot in Bay Vista, on the outskirts of Rehoboth Beach, Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic in the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1 was stymied for only minutes as the 75-ton house crossed the highway from Church Street to the street be- tween Big Fish Grill and The Garden Gourmet. The house was purchased by Bill Dowries andWayne Hudson, said John Davidson, owner of EastC0ast Structure. tional estuary program dedicated to tbe lreservation of Delaware's inland bays, is seeking donated items for its autumn fundraising event. The Friends of Inland Bays will be hosting "SPLASH '98," an evening social and auction activi- ty, "on Saturday, Oct. 24, begin= ning at 7 p.m., at the Rusty Rud- der Restaurant in Dewey Beach. The event will feature auctions in both the silent and live formats and funds generated will be used to continue research, enhanced ed- ucation and outreach programs, and further restoration efforts in the inland bays watershed All do- nations, large or small, will be graciously accepted. In addition to personal items, ideas for donation, may include professional instruction, consult- ing services, or show or sporting event tickets. All contributors will be listed as supporters of Friends of the Inland Bays in the event program and every contributor will receive a charitable contribution slip for tax-recording purposes. Individuals interested in making an auction donation may contact the offices of the Center for the In- land Bays at 645- 7325 to speak with a staff member. DOE assistant secretary to discuss choice Kent Cashell, Delaware Depart- ment of Education assistant secre- tary, will discuss school choice at the next Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education meet- ing, Thursday, Oct. 8. School choice is expected to cost the Cape district more than $200,000 in lost local funding this year. , Other items on the agenda in- clude the September official en- rollment data and roles regarding schedule changes. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in theaudi- torium at Milton Middle School. Lewes teen takes plea bargain Charles Ulrich, 17, of Lewes, pleaded guilty in Family Court, Tuesday, Sept. 29, to the reduced charges of aggravated menacing disorderly conduct and reckless driving. As part of the plea bar- gain, the felony and other misde- meanor charges against him were dropped. Most of the charges Ulrich was facing stemmed from a Sept. 16 incident in Lewes that began at 2 p.m. in Cape Henlopen High School with an altercation be- tween Ulrich; Ron Burrows, prin- cipal; and Brian Mifflin, school monitor. School was disrupted; students were confined to class- rooms. As the situation escalated, Ul- rich left the school and went to his home on Market Street, where he then allegedly swung a baseball bat at a Lewes Police officerl Meanwhile, the school imple- mented its new security plan as a precautionary measure and ush- ered the students from"the build- ing shortly before the end of the school day. Ulrich fled from his home after the confrontation with the Lewes officer, and state police were called to assist in searching for him. Approximately 10 law en- forcement officials and a K-9 unit searched; at approximately 5 p.m., Ulrich was found near his home and Lewes Police Department Chief Beau Gooch arrested him. Family Court Judge Peter Jones presided over Ulrich's case and sentenced him to Ferris School at Level 5 - full incarceration - sus- pended for one year of Level 3A probation. Level 3A in the juve- nile system includes intensive su- pervision and participation in one of two rehabilitative/correctional programs. Jones also set condi- tions for Ulrich as follows: main- tain good behavior; complete 50 hours of community service by March 29, 1999; cooperate with a consultation and assessment from the Division of Youth Rehabilita- tive Services and adherence to any of its recommendations; and no contact with the Port of Lewes housing development, Cape High, Burrows or Mifflin. Additionally, Ulrich must pay $41 in court cOStS.